I understand why Brian Snitker is nothing but thankful this morning to be the manager of the Braves after being rewarded for doing a wonderful job as interim manager this season. But couldn't the organization have done just a little bit more for him?
As you probably know, the Braves announced Tuesday that Snitker would lead them in the dugout next season when the team moves to SunTrust Park, an honor that could not have been foreseen when he was promoted from Gwinnett Braves manager in May to replace Fredi Gonzalez. But in doing so, the Braves also gave Snitker only a one-year contract with a one-year club option for 2018.
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Back to Snitker. By guaranteeing him a job for only one season, the Braves have created a negative talking point. Some will wonder: What does he have to do to keep his job? Do the Braves have to finish .500? Have a winning record? Reach the postseason? It's an unnecessary distraction the organization could have easily avoided by giving the man a two-year deal, which he deserved.
I understand why there may be some uncertainty in the front office about the job Snitker will do. But think about it: Even in the worst-case scenario where the Braves bellyflop next season and Snitker loses his job, you pay the man for two years. He has worked for the Braves for 40 years. Forty! Consider his modest second-year salary a severance check. Or better yet, keep him in the organization.
The best thing the Braves could have done was give Snitker a two-year contract with a third-year club option. The optics would've been better, as it would've conveyed more confidence in the man they just hired. It also would have cost them little. Agree or disagree?
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